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Noble One 2007

Region
Riverina

Appearance

Bright, light golden

Bouquet
Enticing aromas of nectarine, bush honey and peach with citrus hints and sweet vanillin oak

Palate
A richly opulent palate of dried stone fruits, citrus and honey complexed by oak. A luscious expression of concentrated fruit and oak with balanced acidity and textural length.

Vintage Conditions
A mild summer with no rain until late March which provided enough moisture to allow botrytis growth to begin. Further showers in late April together with early morning dews allowed the botrytis to spread. Harvest commenced mid-May and concluded in early June after good botrytis was achieved in all source vineyards. Baumé levels ranged from 19° to 24° depending on the vineyard and amount of botrytis.

Winemaking

Fruit for Noble One over the past 25 vintages has been sourced from the same vineyards. Harvest time for each vineyard is determined by monitoring sugar levels and degree of botrytis to determine the optimum level of ripeness and botrytis flavours. Maturation occurred in 38% new, 42% one year old and 7% two year old French oak. The remaining portion of the blend was unoaked.

Wine Analysis

Alc/Vol : 10.0 %   pH : 3.49   TA : 9.7 g/L  

Cellaring
Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10-15 years. 100% bottled under screw cap.

Suggested Cuisine
A delicious partner to soft cheeses (try with blue cheese) or desserts.

General Characteristics
Sweet  Full Bodied

"...The vintage is 2007 and this rich, over the top sticky opulent style is, to me, absolutely fantastic. The sweetness also has a certain acidity which balances and rounds off everything perfectly. The end result is that the conversation and banter immediately stops while everyone just concentrates on the wine and the rich peach, mandarin, kumquat, vanilla and honey flavours that are erupting in your mouth combined with the long sweet aftertaste. The only word is ‘wow’! If you are searching for a white wine full of fruit flavours to accompany a dessert or meal then this is it. It works extremely well with cheese, the flavours pair perfectly with the salt hit of cheese. This wine is also suitable for vegetarians."

Rebecca, wineware.co.uk, May 2013

UK
"This is a classic and Australia's most famous dessert wine. It's made from semillon grapes that have been shrivelled and concentrated by a fungus called botrytis, and the result is deliciously rich and pure, with sweet apricot flavours, great acidity and spicy complexity. Try it with the pear and almond tart."

Jamie Goode, Sunday Express, January 2012

USA
94 Points
"De Bortoli's Noble One is as good as ever in 2007, offering intense botrytis, dried apricots, honey and bergamot in a sweetly unctuous style.  Think of a Sauternes, but with more sugar and less alcohol.  It should age well for 10 or more years."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, November 2011

SWEET TREAT
"This is the 25th anniversary of De Bortoli's consistently impressive botrytis-affected sticky. It's light in alcohol at just 10 per cent but intense in flavours, with an unctuous palate of peach, marmalade and spice, balanced by a wonderful citrussy freshness."

Jo Burzynska, nzherald.co.nz, August 2011

UK
"Australia's iconic sweet wine has been on flying form lately, discovering extra layers of refinement while still retaining its impressive power. Its smoky, caramel-loaded palate will lap up the sticky brioche slices while tropical fruits deal with the nectarines. Underneath lies a steely core of acid to refresh."

Rose Prince, The Telegraph, August 2011

"De Bortoli Noble One, an Australian icon. The 2007 is an overtly sweet wine with lashings of oak, tight acidity and a striking botrytis character of dried apricot and orange peel. Dessert wine with the volume turned up."

Tony Lee, The Age, June 2011

Canada
"And finally, for those with a sweet tooth, De Bortoli Noble One 2007 Botrytis Semillon, an Aussie Sauternes-style dessert white, with peach, apricot, honeycomb and pansy notes. Amazing with foie gras."

Gord Stimmell, Toronto Star, May 2011

UK
"De Bortoli?s Noble One is a great wine. This 2007, sealed with a screwcap, is a baby and it probably needs five years minimum to truly express itself, but it is already detailed enough and tart enough on the finish to signal a very good vintage indeed. I don?t like attacking grand wines like this too young, but there is a guilty pleasure here that is hard to refuse. To my mind, this is a smartest young Noble One in a decade. Buy it, drink some, keep lots."

Matthew Jukes, Best Australian Wines 2011, May 2011

Canada
"Ideal for picking oneself up after a bad day. Australia's most celebrated dessert wine is intensely honeyed with a touch of bitter orange. Glorious on its own or with rich starters, puddings or cheese. It's worth tucking away to see how it develops."

, GQ Magazine - Canada, February 2011

USA
94 Points
"Possessing a pale gold color, the aromas of the 2007 Noble One are still very primary – lemon curd, acacia honey, jasmine, mandarin peel, cedar and a whiff of complexity-instilling VA. Very crisp, concentrated and intense on the palate with a great mid-palate adding to the layers of complexity. Fully sweet with a very long finish. Drink now for a fruitier style or this should develop wonderfully through 2022."

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, January 2011

Canada
91 Points

"Has notes of honey, spice, lemon, fresh straw, dried apricots and fresh peaches can be used to describe a wine that is simply intense. Quite sweet and almost creamy in the mouth, but it has good depth and complexity. A touch young, but this is a steal for laying down for mid-to-long-term cellaring."

Tom Firth, Wine Access - Canada, December 2010

Canada
"It’s always a treat to taste the best of the Australian stickies, the term they use for dessert wines. Noble One is iconic and marking its 25th anniversary in this vintage. Oh boy, here come the flavours: apricot, marmalade, peach, sweet biscuit, nougat, honey, butterscotch. It’s gentler than our icewine but amazingly fresh."

Dan Kislenko, Hamilton Spectator, November 2010

"From NSW Riverina semillon and one of the nation?s best known sweeties around the world."

, The Advertiser Top 100 Wines, November 2010

UK
"For pudding, have the creamy carmelised Aussie 2007 Noble One Botrytis Semillon."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, October 2010

95 Points

Brilliant green-gold; has all the luscious intensity expected, ranging through citrus, cumquat and vanilla bean, yet is not over the top. Its best features are its balance, line and extreme length, similar to that of the '02.

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011, August 2010

"A brilliantly complex, super sweet wine with great balance between the luscious, ripe apricot and peach fruit and cutting citrussy acid. Pricey but ideal with creamy puddings."

Jamie Goode, Sunday Express, May 2010

"With a pud as rich and delicious as the gateau Basque, splash out on the equally luscious, creamy, faintly caramelised 2007 Noble One Botrytis Semillon from Aussie champions De Bortoli."

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, May 2010

"Full scale candied pineapple with rich, concentrated candied pear, peach and apricot. A whole riot of tropical and autumn fruit just partying away in there. It all comes together elegantly. The wine has great concentration and lusciousness, oak married perfectly into the wine. Such an intense wine."

Rob Geddes, Drinks Trade, May 2010

"Medium gold in color with amber highlights, this wine has an intense nose of candied orange peel and pineapple aromas. In the mouth the wine has fantastic acidity, which keeps its flavors of pineapple and dried mango from becoming syrupy, despite its silky texture. The wine lacks some deeper complexity, but ice cold, it's a nice little dessert in a glass."

Alder , www.vinography.com, April 2010

"Quite youthful and spicy, with pronounced citrus peel botrytis and a whiff of new oak. The palate is long and lively, with a slight volatile lift. Give it a couple of years."

Lester Jesberg, Winewise, April 2010

"Noble one, which has won more trophies than just about any other Australian wine, was born in 1982 during a bold attempt to create a sauternes-style sweet wine from botrytis-affected grapes. From the latest installment you can expect a nose bursting with stone fruit, marmalade and spice, while the palate is fresh. Serve with pavlova."

Matt Skinner, Sun Herald, January 2010

 

TOP 5

"The unchallenged Aussie pack leader, this 25th anniversary bottling is crammed with citrus/honey semillon flavours."

John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph, January 2010

'Deep golden straw in colour. The 2007 Noble One marked the wine's 25th anniversary since its first vintage in 1982. A possibly oak-derived cedar aroma on the nose with blossom. apricot and a volatile acidity lift gave the wine overall complexity. The panel agreed that this wine exhibited great varietal expression with notes of honey, toffee, pineapple, apricot and dried fruits. The rich, full-bodied, sweet and well balanced palate with great weight and some oak extract countered the high sugar level. Flavours of orange rind, apricot, pear, citrus and passionfruit. Great acid balance to close the wine's finish and give it freshness."

Lauren Jones, Australian and New Zealand Wine Industry Journal, January 2010

95 points

"The 25th vintage is a cracking rendition of Australia's most famous Botrytis Semillon. Citrus zest, peach and apricot freshness offset its honeyed, crème brûlèe richness. The balance of tight acidity and sweetness is spot on."

Tyson Stelzer, WBM, January 2010

*****
"THIS granddaddy of Australian botrytised sweet white wines seems to get even better with each release. The shiny golden '07 is the 25th anniversary vintage. Lovely mandarin, honey and lemon characters with subtle oak blossom in the mouth into a superbly luscious, sweet, complex wine of great depth and persistence."

Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, December 2009

"A fine meal deserves a fitting end and dessert wine is a supremely sophisticated salute to satisfaction. Our pick, along with most of the world's, is Noble One Botrytis Semillon. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary 2007 vintage, this nectar of the gods has enticing aromas of bush honey and peach, and a palate of dried stone fruits."

, Australian Home Beautiful, November 2009

"Australia’s benchmark dessert wine is a bit lighter, fresher and more vibrant in 2007 than in most vintages. It is fine yet intense, with delicate apricot, honey and marmalade flavours and gentle power, before a finish in which crisp natural acidity cleanses the palate. Impeccably balanced."

Peter Forrestal, Quaff 2010, October 2009

10/10
"Reserved and complex, still deep fruited three fruits crystallised citrus and pure botrytis sea saltiness. Fine and pure in the mouth too, creamy down the middle with concentrated glace pear and peach flavours. A long, lush finish with just the right balancing acid and oak nuttiness to close. Smart sweet wine this, which will evolve well for a decade."

Tim White, The Age, September 2009

"Wet spells led to good botrytis and this is very citrus and fresh with grapefruit as well as rounder, honeyed peach and tropical pineappley/rum baba notes.  Long, long finish. 10%, residual not given.  Great potential. (100% screw cap)"

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective (UK), September 2009

95 points
"The 25th vintage is a cracking rendition of Australia's most famous Botrytis Semillon. Citrus zest, peach and apricot freshness offset its honeyed, crème brûlée richness. The balance of tight acidity and sweetness is spot on."

Tyson Stelzer, WBM Magazine, August 2009

"This is the wine Prime Minister Kev gave the Pope on his recent visit to Rome. Well, almost - it was the 2006 vintage, in fact. Now in its 25th year, Noble One has established itself as Australia's premier sweet white. This is lush and decadent, with mouth-coating honey and marmalade flavours. Grab some blue cheese and you can't go wrong. That's what the Pope told me, anyway."

Rick Allen, Manly Daily, July 2009

95 points
"This is the 25th vintage of Australia's best known and most highly regarded sweet wine, which has won 104 trophies and 352 gold medals since the release of the 1982 vintage. Brilliant green-gold, it has all the luscious intensity expected of the wine, ranging through citrus, cumquat and vanilla bean, yet is not over the top. Its best features are its balance, line and extreme length, similar to that of 02."

James Halliday, Weekend Australian, July 2009

"I reckon the 2007 Noble One, as a young wine, is the best yet. There is a taste of dried fruit, but it is subtle. The mandarin characteristics, which tend to dominate with age, are restrained, as is the honey and the acidity already in balance. If you haven't tried it, please do so with your favourite end-of-dinner food. This is a world-class wine, and you won't be disappointed."

Jeff Gordon, Melbourne Weekly Bayside, July 2009

94 points
"The 25th vintage of this classy botrytised semillon shows dried apricot, peach, honey, spice and vanilla oak on the nose and palate with a cleansing acid finish. It's delicious already with desserts or blue cheese but will be even more luscious in another five years."

Mike Frost, Courier Mail, June 2009

93 points
"Wonderful example of this great wine. Aromas of nectarine, honey and stone fruits on the nose with a lift of light citrus. There is a little obvious vanillin oak infused into the rich honey and concentrated stone fruit on the palate. A wine of texture and sublime depth and lusciousness."

Ray Jordan, The West Australian, June 2009

"The 25th-anniversary release of the iconic botrytis semillon lives up to the hype. Silky smooth, luscious, opulent and complex; this is a truly great wine. Pair it with blue cheese or a game terrine."

Winsor Dobbin, winsorschoice.blogspot.com, June 2009

The Quaff 2009 'Light, Bright and Easy'
Best White Wine Under $10 Award

"This is a revelation - a delicious quaffing white at a bargain-basement price. It's soft, round and juicy, almost fleshy, with ripe tropical fruit flavours that are youthful, fresh and bright."

Peter Forrestal, Quaff, January 2009

Trophy
2010 Riverland Wine Show
2009 Griffith Wine Show
2009 International Sweet Wine Challenge
2009 Swan Hill Wine Show
Gold Medal
2010 Riverland Wine Show
2009 Cowra Wine Show
2009 Griffith Wine Show
2009 Royal Perth Wine Show
2009 International Sweet Wine Challenge
2009 Swan Hill Wine Show
Bronze Medal
2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition
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